Video/ Rain enters
the Paris Opera Ballet repertoire
From May 25th to June 7th. Rain, Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker's masterpiece is new to the Opera Ballet's repertoire. Discover the first excerpts of this extraordinary work.
Video/Years of pilgrimage
by Mûza Rubackyté and Eric Génovèse
On June 4th pianist Mûza Rubackyté and actor Eric Génovèse invite us to join them on an incredible journey through the music and literature of the 19th century: Liszt's three Years of pilgrimage performed in the space of a single day and interspersed with texts by Franz Liszt, Marie d’Agoult, Etienne de Senancour, Gérard de Nerval, André Suarès, George Sand and Charles Baudelaire. Discover an excerpt from this production recorded in 2009 by Nicolas Kauffmann at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. First year (Switzerland), S 160 - William Tell's Chapel.
On video / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Rain, in rehearsal
With Rain, at the Palais Garnier from May 25 to June 7, one of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's major works enters the repertoire of the Opera Ballet. Set to the minimalist music of Steve Reich, the organic body movements work to create a powerful piece of incredible sensitivity.
Video/Interview with Mûza Rubackyté
Years of pilgrimage by Franz Liszt
Alongside the Ring cycle, on June 4th at the Bastille Amphitheatre pianist Mûza Rubackyté proposes an extraordinary programme: the three Years of Pilgrimage by Franz Liszt – the composer who had such an influence on Wagner – performed in the space of a single day. In this bicentenary year of the composer's birth, she explains why we should celebrate Liszt and introduces us to this grandiose fresco of 19th century music and literature.
She will be accompanied by Eric Génovèse, a member of the Comédie-Française and all-round artist, actor, theatre and opera stage director (he has just produced a highly-acclaimed Anna Bolena at the Vienna Opera), who will intersperse this recital with texts by Franz Liszt, Marie d’Agoult, Etienne de Senancour, Gérard de Nerval, André Suarès, George Sand and Charles Baudelaire to give this journey a profoundly philosophical dimension.
Tribute to Jane Rhodes
Jane Rhodes, who gave the historic first performance of Carmen at the Palais Garnier, passed away on May 7th at the age of 82.
Born in Paris in 1929, Jane Rhodes studied the dramatic arts at the "rue Blanche" before joining the singing class at the Conservatoire. In 1953 she made her solo debut in La Damnation de Faust at Nantes Opera. The following year she created the role of Renata (Prokofiev's L'Ange de feu) at the Opéra-Comique, which she recorded in 1957 with conductor Charles Bruck. It was this performance that brought her into the limelight and led to her being invited to join the Paris Opera company.
In 1959, Carmen was performed for the first time at the Palais Garnier in a historic production staged by the film director Raymond Rouleau. In the orchestra pit was the 22-year-old conductor, Roberto Benzi, whom Janes Rhodes was to marry in 1966. Her interpretation of the bewitching gypsy, seen by the General de Gaulle himself who attended the performance, thrust her onto the international stage: from Paris to New York and from Tokyo to Buenos Aires, she was celebrated for her mellow timbre, her dramatic intensity and her extraordinary beauty.
Nevertheless she remained profoundly attached to the Paris Opera where she performed Tosca and Salomé (see photographs opposite), roles that she would also sing at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Princess Eboli in Don Carlos, La Damnation de Faust, Conception in L'Heure Espagnole and Poulenc's La Voix Humaine. In 1961 she sang in the Coronation of Poppea at Aix. The following year saw her Metropolitan Opera debut in Salomé and her performance in the title role of the film The Drama of Carmen, filmed by CBS and conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Her repertoire also embraces Offenbach's major operetta roles: La Belle Hélène, La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein, La Périchole and Métella in La Vie parisienne. At the end of the 1970s, she gradually retired from opera and devoted herself to recitals, excelling in the French melody repertoire with works by composers like Debussy, Fauré and Duparc. Her last years were spent passing on the secrets of her art with unbridled enthusiasm.
Slideshow / The Anatomy of Sensation
World premiere by Wayne McGregor for the Paris Opera Ballet
Discover the first shots of rehearsals of The Anatomy of Sensation , running at the Opéra Bastille from June 29th to July 15th 2011.
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Slide show / Orphée & Eurydice
The Atelier Lyrique at the MC93
Discover the photos of the Atelier Lyrique’s new production, directed by Dominique Pitoiset and Stephen Taylor, playing from May 2 through May 8, 2011.
Launch the slide show Alisa Kolosova (Orphée) | ©Mirco Magliocca Elisa Cenni (Amour) et Marianne Crebassa (Orphée) | ©Mirco Magliocca Alisa Kolosova (Orphée) | ©Mirco Magliocca Alisa Kolosova (Orphée) | ©Mirco Magliocca Ilona Krzywicka (Eurydice) et Alisa Kolosova (Orphée) | ©Mirco Magliocca ©Mirco Magliocca ©Mirco Magliocca Marianne Crebassa (Orphée) et Chenxing Yuan (Eurydice) | ©Mirco Magliocca Chenxing Yuan (Eurydice) | ©Mirco Magliocca Chenxing Yuan (Eurydice) | ©Mirco Magliocca